A Southern State of Mind

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

You can’t forget food when traveling! Whether it’s a mom and pop stop or a little hole in the wall place, Winston-Salem is full of delicious restaurants you don’t want to miss!

the tavern

The Tavern at Old Salem

Dine at an 18th century tavern and enjoy a classic American meal, inspired by the Moravians.

Source: http://thetaverninoldsalem.ws/


Milner’s American Southern

Who doesn’t love an upscale Southern meal while traveling?

Source: http://www.milnerfood.com/



Dairi-O is one of my all-time favorite places to eat! Feast on one of their famous hot dogs or hamburgers. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream or a milkshake while you’re at it!

Source: http://www.dairios.com/

olive tree

The Olive Tree Deli

Definitely a mom and pop restaurant with the best Greek food in town! You can’t beat The Olive Tree Deli’s side of zucchini or chicken souvlaki.


bib's downtown

Bib’s Downtown

The love of BBQ rings true here in the Twin City. Bib’s Downtown is famously known for their hickory-smoked meats and tasty hush-puppies.

Source: http://www.bibsdowntown.com/

I hope you enjoyed our tour of Winston-Salem, North Carolina as Country Belle Chic’s first ever post in the “A Southern State of Mind” series! In a few weeks, I’ll take you on a trip to Emerald Isle, North Carolina! Who doesn’t love the beach in December?


A Southern State of Mind

winston salem

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Whether it’s a day trip, weekend trip, or a week long adventure, it is always important to hear from the locals on what places you can’t miss for a certain city. Here for my top five spots of where you need to visit in Winston-Salem.

reynolda house

Reynolda House

The Reynolda House is the historic home of the R. J. Reynolds family. R. J. Reynolds, more famously known for founding the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, built the house in 1917. Today,  Reynolda House is a favorite among tourists and includes art exhibits with works by Georgia O’ Keeffe and Grant Wood.

Source: http://www.reynoldahouse.org/about

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Founded in Winston-Salem in 1937, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is a famous hot spot. And of course, you need to stop by when the “Hot Now” light is on for a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut!

Source: http://www.krispykreme.com/about/Our-Story

Old Salem

Old Salem

Nestled in the heart of downtown, Old Salem is the historic replica of the town of Salem. Established in 1950, today, Old Salem, is full of museums and shops for visitors to learn about the Moravians and life back in the 1700s.

Source: http://www.oldsalem.org/old-salem-inc.html


Thruway Center

With any trip, shopping for gifts and souvenirs is a must. Thruway Center opened in 1955 on the site of an old dairy farm, after the construction of Interstate 40 paved ways for shopping centers and retail areas. The first shopping center in Winston-Salem continues to grow and attract businesses from the surrounding areas and is a favorite for locals and tourists for shopping and dining.

Source: http://www.thruwaycenter.com/about-us


Tanglewood Park

Dating back to 1584, the land Tanglewood Park currently resides on, was once a claimed by Sir. Walter Raleigh for Queen Elizabeth. Throughout the years, the park’s owners included the Johnson family, immigrants from Wales, and the Reynolds family. Today, Tanglewood Park is home to a bed and breakfast, The Manor House, an aquatic center, horse stables, golf courses, and the annual holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights.

Source: https://www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/recreation.aspx

A Southern State of Mind

winston salem

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Today is the beginning of our “A Southern State of Mind” series! Every now and then, I will highlight a classic Southern city or town. For each place, I will give you the insider’s scoop on where to visit, where to eat, and the history of that place. Originally I was born in Killeen, Texas, but have called Winston-Salem, North Carolina my hometown ever since I was two months old. So, what better way to get this series started than with Winston-Salem?

Winston-Salem, commonly known as the “Twin City,” was originally two separate cities, Winston and Salem. In 1753, the Moravians, a religious group originally from Eastern Europe, traveled from Pennsylvania to the central portion of North Carolina. They settled on more than 100,000 acres and called their new home the Wachovia Tract. Within this tract, in 1766, the Moravians established the town of Salem. This group of people quickly pioneered ways in the arts, culture, and innovation. Because of their highly skilled craftsmen and artisans, the town of Salem became a thriving and sought-after trade center. In addition, Salem’s manufacturing skills played a pivotal and prominent role as a supplier during the American Revolution and the Civil War.

At the same time, a similar Southern industrial center was being formed, just north of Salem. The city of Winston was established in 1851 in honor of  Revolutionary war hero and legislator, Major Joseph Winston. But it was not until after the Civil War that the city of Winston was known as a bustling industrial center. With the help of entrepreneurs and business tycoons, R.J. Reynolds and the Hanes family, Winston soon emerged as a national leader in tobacco and textile manufacturing.

The city of Winston and the town of Salem were both successful places on their own and pioneered ways in innovation; however, by 1913, it was clear there was more to be gained from uniting the two cities than remaining separate. The city Winston-Salem was created shortly after and today remains true to it’s independent and innovative roots. Other entrepreneurial successes and big name companies call this Southern city their home, including: Piedmont Airlines (now US Airways), Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, T.W. Garner Food Company (makers of Texas Pete hot sauce) and Goody’s headache powders.

Nicknamed “the City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem also became home to the first Arts Council in the United States and created the model for Arts Councils nationwide. Today, Winston-Salem is the fifth largest city in North Carolina and is home to six colleges and universities including Salem College, the longest, continuously running women’s college in the U.S. as well as Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University.

Check back tomorrow and see the classic spots you need stop by when visiting Winston-Salem!

Source: http://www.visitwinstonsalem.com/about/past-present-future

Good Eats

Do you love to eat and love good food? Then, this is the post for you!

Recently, BourbonandBoots.com published a list of the eight most overlooked foodie towns in the South. The list included: Winston-Salem, NC, Little Rock, Ark., Greenville, SC, Asheville, NC, Decatur GA, Water Valley, Miss, Marfa, Texas, and Montgomery, AL.

Each of these towns are unique and dynamic with their various choices of cuisines. And I must give a shout-out to my hometown, Winston-Salem, for making the list! In Winston-Salem, you can find Mexican, Japanese, Cuban, and of course, Southern cuisine. You name it, we got it. Plus, the headquarters of Krispy Kreme is located here 🙂

Y’all come, get yourself some BBQ, Mexican, and a hot glazed doughnut right here in Winston-Salem, NC!

For the complete article, visit: http://www.bourbonandboots.com/eight-most-overlooked-foodie-towns-in-the-south/